A year ago, when Kim announced the “You Can Do This” project, I could just tell it was going to be an important addition to the online landscape of diabetes. A year later, it’s become bigger and more empowering than I had ever imagined.
Whether we’ve had diabetes for three days or thirty years, we all need a little reminder from time to time that we can have lots of good times in our lives with this disease and that the bad times don’t last as long as we think. It gets better and then it gets worse and then it gets better again . . . but you can do this.
After a huge reversal of my A1c back to where it was when I started trying to lower it, I’m at one of those points where the encouragement of all the people online whom Kim has harnessed with her project is so welcome. I was so heartened to see that the currently featured video on the YCDT site is by Kris Freeman, “elite U.S. cross-country skier, member of U.S. Ski Team and Olympic athlete.” Having someone like him tell me (and all the rest of us) that we can keep aiming for and achieving amazing things despite having diabetes is exactly the message that I needed to hear right now. My A1c got worse, but I’m figuring out how to make it better at the same time that I keep training and racing and enjoying my life (with diabetes). As I told y’all in my own video, “You can do this.” And I believe I can do it, too.
Thanks, Kim, for starting something so wonderfully motivating and empowering!